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NDFB kills 24 Hindi speaking in Assam serial attacks

Tribal separatists gunned down a woman and injured three people in Assam on Wednesday, continuing their attacks on Hindi speakers and minorities for the third straight day and taking the death toll in the serial strikes to 24, police say. A police spokesperson said heavily armed militants of the outlawed National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) early on Wednesday attacked Jamuguri village in Kokrajhar district and opened indiscriminate firing.

“A woman named Kalwa Chauhan died on the spot while three more were injured as NDFB militants sprayed bullets from automatic weapons,” a senior police official said. The masked militants, numbering six, came in motorcycles and sped away soon after the attack.

There have been at least 11 separate attacks since Monday evening with NDFB militants launching coordinated strikes, targeting mostly Hindi speakers and people belonging to the minority community.

“There is a definite pattern to the killings with most casualties either Hindi- speaking people or minorities,” the police official said.

At least 15 people have been injured in the attacks and they are now admitted to the Intensive Care Unit of the Gauhati Medical College Hospital.

The NDFB on Tuesday claimed responsibility for the attacks and warned of more violent strikes in the next few days.

The attacks came hours after security forces Monday morning gunned down an NDFB militant in Sonitpur district during an encounter.

On Nov 1, the NDFB threatened to kill 20 or more people if any one of their cadres was killed by the security forces in shootouts.

A massive anti-insurgency operation was launched since Monday with army, police and paramilitary troopers conducting raids in NDFB-affected areas in northern and western Assam.

“Army, police and paramilitary forces are conducting specific operations in NDFB pockets,” Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi told IANS.

Security forces in the past three months have killed at least 20 NDFB cadres, besides arresting more than 15 militants in separate raids even as the tribal separatist group continues with a series of kidnappings for money.

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Geelani opposes interlocutors – Roy supports Geelani

In a meeting organized in Delhi “Convention on Kashmir – Azadi: The only Way,” organised by the Committee for the Release of Political Prisoners (CRPP, Kashmiri separatist leader Geelani, Maoist ideologue and Telangana poet, Varavara Rao, and Booker Prize winner and writer Arundhati Roy expressed their solidarity with the people of Kashmir in their fight against Indian government.

Hardline Hurriyat Conference leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani on Thursday gave a call toboycott interlocutors on Jammu and Kashmir recently appointed by the Indian government.

Describing the exercise as a ploy of the government to gain time, Mr. Geelani said there was “no sincerity” towards finding a permanent solution to the Kashmir problem.

Frequent interruptions, sloganeering and noisy protests by a section of the audience, including some Kashmiri Pandits, who were objecting to the presence of the separatist leader on the dais, marred the proceedings. The protesters, shouting slogans like Bharat Mata Ki Jai and Vande Mataram, created ruckus at the convention. They were finally taken out by police. A large number of Kashmiri youth and their supporters countered them with slogans like “We want freedom.”

Ms. Roy called for forging a united platform of people who were involved in their own struggles for justice in different regions of the country.

“You have to look for tactical, political and intellectual alliances and think about justice, otherwise you will be like fish swimming in a tank with strong walls and ultimately getting tired,” she said.

Ms. Roy said she did not want young people in Kashmir to be let down even by their own leaders. She said the idea of justice linked struggles of people in Nagaland, Manipur, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand and Orissa to the people of Kashmir.

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Somalia: Islamists hack limbs off to keep order

He has learned to button his shirt using only his left hand, to roll his sleeve with his teeth, to balance on his right foot in the shower. He cannot forgive, though he is desperate to forget. But at night his dreams betray him.

This is how it happened, Abdulle told the Guardian. He was a prisoner in an insurgents’ house in Mogadishu, lying on his side, one hand chained to his ankles. He was 17, with fluff on his cheeks and unspeakable fear in his heart. Three other young men were with him — Jalylani, Ali, Abduqadir.

A guard, from the Islamist group al-Shabaab, which is trying to overthrow the Somali government, gripped his shoulder. “Ismael Khalif Abdulle, come with me.” A convoy of rebel battlewagons cleared the way through the battered streets. Reaching Masalah, an old military barracks, he saw his mother through the car window and shouted to her. The guard slapped his face. “Today is not the day to call your mother,” he said.

Ordered to witness the punishment of the “spies and bandits” or face lashes themselves, the entire neighbourhood had assembled. Also watching were some of the Shabaab’s top leaders — Sheikh Mukhtar Robow, the Somali-Swede Fuad Shangole, and Abu Mansoor Al-Amriki, the American who recruits and finances foreign fighters.

Cross amputation

In the middle of the stony parade ground were about 20 militiamen in green fatigues. Their faces were masked. They were wearing surgical gloves. On the ground was a single plastic mattress.

Abdulle says he was made to lie down. His left hand was tied to his right ankle with a thick rope, leaving the other limbs free for what was to come. Rubber surgical tubing bit into his right biceps — a tourniquet. One rebel grabbed his hand, another his forearm. They pulled in opposite directions as a piece of plastic was laid over his wrist.

“Please make it quick,” he pleaded.

A heavily built man drew a large wooden-handled knife normally used to slaughter camels. The knife descended.

Though their horror was far from over, Abdulle and the three other young men “cross amputated” — a process of cutting off a hand and foot from opposite sides of the body — by the Shabaab on 26 June 2009, eventually escaped from their Islamist captors, and managed to cross to the government-controlled side of the city. Abdulle recently managed to flee Somalia, and reach a safe house in Nairobi, Kenya, where he gave this interview.

His story offers a rare insight into how the Shabaab is using its extreme interpretation of Islam to establish order through fear — and to find recruits.

Abdulle was born in 1992, a year after the last effective government fell, and warlords took over the country. As far as it is possible to have a normal upbringing amid the anarchy, he did. Once Shabaab forces took full control of the Bakara market area where he lived, in early 2009, security immediately improved — but at a huge cost to personal and social freedoms.

“If you saw a man on the street with a beard, you would be worried,” Abdulle said. “But if someone was smoking a cigarette, you felt OK.”

The Shabaab recruited some of Abdulle’s classmates to fight the government, but he insists that he never had anything to do with the Islamists until the day he was abducted.

He said he was not told of his alleged crime until the 26th day of detention, when he and the three other young men were taken to the old military parade ground for the first time. Pistols and mobile phones, allegedly stolen by the accused, were shown to the crowd. Abdulle insists on his innocence to this day, but he was given no chance to speak. Dahir Ga’may, a Shabaab “judge”, merely announced his verdict.

“He said we were guilty as spies and thieves, and that under sharia law a hand and a foot must be amputated.” Three days later, the sentence was carried out. Abdulle passed out while his hand was being cut off. After he regained consciousness he heard the screams as the amputations continued. It was several hours before they were given pain relief, and two days before their wounds were stitched.

A fortnight later, Shangole, the Shabaab commander, arrived at the house where they were detained. “He said they had made a mistake. Our legs were cut too low down, and needed to be shortened. He took the end of my leg, and put three fingers above the stump and said: ‘That’s where it should be.’” This time, the surgical tool was a plumber’s saw. As before, there were no painkillers.

On a separate visit, Ga’may told them that as they were disabled they should become suicide attackers. Sensing a chance to escape, they agreed. A taxi called by a relative picked them up, and took them to the justice ministry. The Red Crescent Society in Mogadishu fitted him with an artificial limb.

His passage out of Mogadishu was risky, as the Shabaab were still after him. In Nairobi, he’s keeping a low profile, as the insurgents have supporters in the city. His hope now is to gain asylum and help to deal with the physical and mental scars.

Its evolution

Harakat al-Shabaab al-Mujahideen, better known as al-Shabaab — “the youth” — rose to prominence in 2006 as the armed wing of a sharia court alliance that forced warlords from the Somali capital, Mogadishu. After Ethiopian troops routed the Islamist movement later that year, the Shabaab re-emerged as a guerrilla army, initially winning the sympathy of many Somalis — and attracting hundreds of foreign jihadis. Once Ethiopia withdrew in January 2009, Shabaab militants took over much of south and central Somalia, targeting government forces and African Union peacekeepers. It quickly established security but the group’s extreme interpretation of Islam and its targeting of civilians has alienated most Somalis. Its “clerics” have banned everything from films to mobile ringtones, school bells and gold fillings.

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Madani angle to destabilization act in Karnataka

Madani angle to destabilization act in Karnataka

Is there any link between Madani’s arrest by Karnataka Police and the recent attempt to destabilize BJP government in Karnataka. Careful observers strongly suspect such a link.

PDP leader a muslim ideologue and a homegrown Jihadi Abdul Nasser Madani was recently arrested by the Karnataka police for his alleged involvement in Bangalore bomb blasts. His supporters were uneasy by this development and constant efforts are being made to secure his release at the earliest. It is no secret that Keral police are more friendly to Madani and Kerala is a safer place to wage out legal battles for him.

Recently a local court of Kollam, Kerala had dismissed a petition filed by a relative of PDP leader Abdul Nasser Madani alleging that the Karnataka police had not ahhered to procedures during the arrest of Madani in connection with the Bangalore blasts case. In another related development, Kochi court has relaxed the bail conditions for Soofiya Madani, wife of Madani and also an accused in the bus burning case, allowing her to meet her husband, who is languishing in the Bangalore Central Jail.

Now, there are credible information that hawala money sources from Gulf were diverted to Karnataka to fund the attempt to topple BJP government in Karnataka. Prominent Muslim leaders, who are known for their Muslim identities, were actively seen helping H. D. Kumaraswamy in his attempt to convince rebel MLA. While C. M. Ibrahim faciliated meeting of H.D.K with his archrival Congress leader Siddaramaiah, Zameer accompanied H.D.K to Goa and to Chennai.

Any alternative to BJP in Karnataka, would be more sympathetic to Madani and it would not be difficult to secure his release through political means. Given the stature of Madani, his credentials and his direct involvement in many crimes, even security analysts are not dismissing this theory.

Infiltration attempts have gone up in last 2 months: Army

Infiltration attempts have gone up in last 2 months: Army

Around 25 infiltration attempts have been made by militants from across the Line of Control (LoC) in the last two months and 35-40 terrorists have been killed by the security forces during the same period, Army chief General V.K. Singh said on Monday.

He said the number of infiltration attempts has gone up in the last two months but the Army has been able to control it to a large extent.

“In the last two months, we have had approximately 20-25 attempts and the total number of terrorists killed during this period has been about 35-40,” Gen. Singh told reporters on the sidelines of a function here.

Asked about reports suggesting that Hizbul Mujahideen chief Syed Salahuddin has been visiting terror camps along the LoC with Pakistan Army and ISI officials, the Army chief said, .

“Salahuddin is on the other side… We are not worried that with whom he goes around. If he tries to infiltrate, he would also be dealt in the same way his accomplices are.”

Gen Singh said to counter infiltration, the Army has evolved a strategy under which even if somebody manages to infiltrate Indian territory, “he gets killed later on.”

“As far as infiltration is concerned, we have controlled it to a large extent… In the last two months, there have been many attempts to infiltrate and we have achieved a lot of success also in this regard,” he added.

Asked about the attacks by Chinese hackers on Indian networks, Gen Singh said, “The whole world is worried about cyber security… Our other government websites have also been attacked and technology is such a field in which both defensive and offensive means are applied.”

“We are trying to take measures which can ensure that our networks are not in danger,” he added.